Two Davie dads have developed a free smartphone application to stop teenagers from texting while driving.
iTextSafely is an app for Droid phones that allows parents to keep tabs on their kids’ texting with the switch of a button.
When a teenager gets in the car and turns on the app, the parent immediately receives a text that his or her child is using the app. If the teen's friends happen to text during that time, they get an auto response notification via text telling them the teen is driving and will get back to them later.
The child deactivates the mode when they get to their destination, letting the parent know he or she has arrived safely.
Designers hope it will build trust between parents and kids, as well as provide peace of mind knowing young drivers aren't texting behind the wheel. About 11 teens a day die from distracted driving caused by texting, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
iTextSafely can be downloaded from the Google store at no charge, but is not available on iPhones.